Happy New Year!
Last year was super busy with Epirus growing a ton and a lot of happenings at home. While I still read a decent number of books, I failed to reach the goal I had set for myself and also failed to match or exceed how many I read last year. I also sadly didn't finish reading any new magic books (though I made progress on some). I'll try to correct all that this year.
The books I read last year covered psychology, business, parenting, health, and fiction.
Here's to a 2020 filled with more reading!
In order to read more books, I've had to significantly narrow down the list of podcasts I subscribe to. The parenting podcast The Longest Shortest Time has always made the cut for my short list. I've listened to it since almost the beginning of my fatherhood, and I've learned a lot from it (and have felt less alone or lost). I was really excited when I heard that the host Hillary Frank had written a book of the top listener-contributed parenting "wins": Weird Parenting Wins: Bathtub Dining, Family Screams, and Other Hacks from the Parenting Trenches.
This book was truly awesome. It was super tactical, low level, casual, and direct. Every page and chapter was filled with nuggets that I can't wait to try and that can inspire my own future "wins." It was also fun to read about how other parents solve daily challenges and get through difficult situations, and it was a nice preview of the next major phases of development and their challenges (and potential solutions).
Bravo to Hillary for an awesome and practical book.
My notes and favorite "wins" are below.
I finally got around to reading the classic The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done by Peter F. Drucker. It did not disappoint. It was short and sweet and had a lot of nuggets of wisdom.
As I've recently been part of a very fast growing team, I've wondered how executive time is best spent. This book provides a great theoretical framework for thinking about that. Yes, some of the language around computers or secretaries is a bit dated, but that did not interfere in any way with the main messages. I highly recommend this to someone in a leadership role in any fast growing organization.
My main notes and takeaways are below.